60 Years and Still Going Strong
Little Bales of Cotton is the original creator of miniature
cotton bales. Lonnie Willis (pictured) started Little Bales of Cotton in
1954 in a shop within his home in Leland, Mississippi. Willis was
retired from the Leland Oil Works following forty years of employment.
For many years he watched representatives from all over the world
come to Leland to observe the Oil Mill or visit Delta Branch Experiment
Station in nearby Stoneville. Many of the visitors wanted souvenirs to
take home, especially the pristine, white cotton bolls grown in the
Mississippi Delta. The business grew rapidly employing thirty ladies and
Now, sixty years later, Little Bales of Cotton is still going
strong. We continue to offer quality handmade products in an effort to
promote the Cotton Industry.